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Manchester City v Chelsea: Player ratings

Published 03/02/2014 | 22:09

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Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) scores his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match against Chelsea at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) scores his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring his teams 1st goal against Manchester City, during the Barclays Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring the opening goal at the Etihad Stadium
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  A Man City fan holds up a banner during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A Man City fan holds up a banner during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea

Most of the top performers in tonight's 1-0 victory for Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium were in royal blue.

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MANCHESTER CITY

JOE HART: Made fine saves to deny Ramires and Eden Hazard, underlining his return to form, but could do little to keep out Ivanovic's strike. 7

PABLO ZABALETA: One of City's most consistent performers had a tough night trying to contain Hazard. 6

VINCENT KOMPANY: Firm and commanding in defence and showed willingness to get forward but there was some poor work around him. 7

MATIJA NASTASIC: Made some good defensive interventions but his understanding with Kompany was lacking under pressure. 6

ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV: Provided a great attacking outlet and delivered some dangerous crosses but was caught short defensively. 6

JESUS NAVAS: Tried to run at the Chelsea defence but was unable to exert much influence. 6

MARTIN DEMICHELIS: Pushed into a midfield role and soon began to look uncomfortable, both in possession and defensively. 5

YAYA TOURE: Looked at his rampaging best early on, creating chances and going close himself, but influence waned as Chelsea took charge. 7

DAVID SILVA: Lively in the early stages, cutting through the Chelsea defence but then had a quiet spell before twice going close as City rallied. 7

ALVARO NEGREDO: Showed strength in the early stages before firing over but he offered little else and was taken off before the hour. 5

EDIN DZEKO: Got himself into some good positions and threatened but could not find the finish. 6

SUBSTITUTES:

STEVAN JOVETIC (on for Negredo, 57): Tried to find a way through and went close to equaliser by testing Cech with a fine late shot. 6

 

CHELSEA

PETR CECH: Had a quiet night but alert when called upon to save from Silva and Jovetic. 7

BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: Looked like Negredo might give him a tough night in the early stages but he responded to win that battle, producing a fine all-round display and firing a fine goal. 8

GARY CAHILL: Showed his worth with some timely interceptions as City made a lot of the early running, and got forward to hit the post. 8

JOHN TERRY: Usual calm and assured presence at the back, rarely out of position. 8

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Completed a strong Chelsea back line, timed his challenges well. 7

DAVID LUIZ: Not one of his more spectacular performances but, a poor free-kick aside, it was composed. 6

NEMANJA MATIC: Struggled to deal with some of Toure's powerful runs but grew into the game. 6

RAMIRES: Burst forward at every opportunity, providing the spark for a number of counter-attacks. 8

WILLIAN: Another powerful threat going forward, City struggled to contain him. 7

EDEN HAZARD: Showed great pace down the right and delivery to the box was dangerous. 8

SAMUEL ETO'O: In general, maybe the least threatening of Chelsea's attacking quartet but still hit the woodwork in a good showing. 7

SUBSTITUTES:

OSCAR (on for Ramires, 83): Did not have enough time to get into the game. 6

JON OBI MIKEL (on for Willian, 90): -

DEMBA BA (on for Hazard, 90: -

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